Neuroscience writer Laura Sanders reports on the latest mysteries of the mind and blogs about the science of raising kids. She earned her Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she studied the nerve cells that compel a fruit fly to perform a dazzling mating ritual full of singing and dancing. Convinced that she was missing some exciting science development somewhere, Laura turned her eye toward writing about brains in all shapes and forms. Laura's research has been published in scientific journals including Current Biology, Developmental Biology and PLOS Biology. She holds undergraduate degrees in creative writing and biology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where she was a National Merit Scholar. Her 2012 series on consciousness won an Eddie Award for editorial excellence.
Laura Sanders' Articles
- News in BriefPeople given cortisol chose safer options, suggesting inherent risk aversion as an overlooked variable in financial crises.
- NewsA new neural map of white matter connections may explain why some injuries are worse than others.
- News in BriefMutations in the gene GPR56 results in misshapen folds in the brain tied to intellectual and language disabilities.
- Science VisualizedAs scientists have developed more sophisticated methods and ideas, their understanding of how the brain works has shifted too.
- Growth CurveA new analysis of cows shows that mamas make more milk for daughters. Other studies have hinted that human moms produce different milk for sons than for daughters, so perhaps lactating women also boost production for daughters.
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- FeatureDeciphering how the brain’s circuitry produces thought and behavior is an ambitious and enticing goal on the scale of the Apollo Program or the Human Genome Project. But the neuroscientists involved in a new federal effort have many challenges ahead.
- NewsDrug that lowers chloride levels in brain cells staves off symptoms in mice and rats.
- News in BriefA new prosthetic hand restores a sense of touch by stimulating nerves in the arm.
- Growth CurveThe science behind kids’ pesticide exposure is complicated and patchy.X
- Growth CurveInfants are surprisingly good judges of who ought to be friendly to each other.X